'''Benjamin David''' "'''Benny'''" '''Goodman'''
(May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz
and Swing (genre)|swing
, known as the "King of Swing".
In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America. His The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert|concert at Carnegie Hall
in New York City on January 16, 1938, is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."
Goodman's bands launched the careers of many major names in jazz. During an era of racial segregation|segregation
he also led one of the first well-known integrated jazz groups. Goodman continued to perform to nearly the end of his life, while exploring an interest in classical music